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Living Below the Line (2015)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-11-18

Duration: 00:57:58

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Poverty


  • Mann, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Connelly, Kelly Producer
  • Davis, Belinda Interviewee
  • Simmons, Janet Interviewee
  • Ellsworth, Sharleane Interviewee
  • Nichols, Randy Interviewee
  • Krutz, Dan Speaker
  • Gorman, Rob Speaker
  • Terrance, Denise Speaker
  • Acalda, Michael Speaker
  • Brown, Reginald Speaker
  • Bailey, Manny Speaker
  • Draper, Alissa Speaker
  • Rao, Samhita Speaker
  • Wallace, Arnedia Speaker
  • Williams, Ruth Speaker
  • Brown, Reggie Speaker
  • White, Perry Speaker
  • Keegan, Joseph Speaker
  • Dixon, Herbert Panelist
  • Weisner, Carmen Panelist
  • Goss, Darrin Panelist
  • Moller, Jan Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 18, 2015, features Bob Mann leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on poverty in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Belinda Davis, a political science professor at LSU; Janet Simmons, the executive director of HOPE Ministries; Sharleane Ellsworth, the food pantry coordinator for HOPE Ministries; and Randy Nichols of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless. The audience members then discuss the role of government in helping the poor. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Hebert Dixon, the outreach director for the Louisiana Workforce Commission; Carmen Weisner, the executive director of the Louisiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Darrin Goss, the president and CEO of Capital Area United Way; and Jan Moller, the director of the Louisiana Budget Project. They discuss: their organization’s tactics for overcoming poverty; how individuals and businesses can help combat poverty; the need for a health care safety net; immediate assistance available to people in need; children living in poverty; the need for more prisoner rehabilitation in Louisiana; and the importance of partnerships and collaboration between government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector in order to combat poverty in Louisiana.